Service: 6 p.m. April 29, at Adams Funeral Home, Nixa. Visitation followed. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Disabled American Veterans.

Ruel James McDaniel, 75, of Highlandville, passed away in his home Friday, April 26, 2019. He was born May 11, 1943, in Nixa, the son of Herbert Neal and Dorothy Katherine (Crumpley) McDaniel. He was a 1961 graduate of Spokane High School. He served his country in the Army National Guard. On Oct. 21, 1965, he married Patty Sue King, which he believed was his greatest accomplishment. Ruel lived his whole life on the family farm, “Flint Haven Ranch,” where he raised cattle and watched his family grow.

As an electrician, Ruel worked for Sechler Electric for 44 years and retired in 2011. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. His silent strength will be missed by each family member. Ruel never met a stranger and was always looking for someone to visit with.

Ruel is survived by his wife, Patty; two daughters and their husbands, Marlo Kay Magnuson and Aaron of Highlandville and Lacey Renee Johnston and Alex of Clever; three grandchildren, Tyler Renee Wilson and fiance Jared Elliott, A.J. Magnuson and Addi Kay Johnston; a sister, LaVeta McDaniel of Nixa; an uncle, H.A. Crumpley and wife Charlcie of Highlandville; an aunt, Peggy McDaniel of Ozark; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Lori Dawn McDaniel; an uncle Albert McDaniel; and his parents.